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In just eight days, my baby girl turns eight. Since her birthday is right after a holiday weekend and in the middle of wedding and graduation season, she got to celebrate with some of our family a little early. We let our kids pick their favorite restaurant for their birthdays. She picked home grilled burgers and hot dogs. She's getting a fancy cake for her party with friends, so I told her I'd make her whatever kind of cake she wanted. She picked chocolate zucchini cake.
I don't eat hamburgers very often, but when I do, I regret it soon after. They give me horrible heartburn, which keeps me up all night and makes me one grumpy blogger the next day. If just hamburgers were giving me heartburn, I'd have no problem giving them up, but it was happening more and more foods.
Sometimes even my breakfast would give me heartburn during the day. That's when I started taking Nexium 24 HR. Taking one Nexium 24 HR a day can give you all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn.
I had to buy some more wrapping paper for my daughter's gifts, so I ran to Walgreen's. While I was there, I grabbed another bottle of Nexium 24HR.
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We celebrated my daughter's birthday with some members of our family who couldn't make it the following weekend. Just like every year, she picked the usual cookout foods: hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, fresh fruit, and potato salad.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
My kids love my chocolate zucchini cake, and I love that I can sneak in some fruits and veggies. Of course, there are two cups of shredded zucchini in it, but I also replace all of the oil with my home canned organic applesauce from the apples in our orchard. I also use eggs from our free range chickens. Note: I doubled the recipe so I could freeze half of it as cupcakes. If it looks like a lot of ingredients, it's because it is.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup applesauce or oil (You can use half and half. I use all applesauce.)
- 3 cups shredded zucchini
- 3/4 cups nuts
- Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Add eggs and applesauce and mix well. Batter will be thick.
- Add grated zucchini and nuts. I omitted the nuts.
- Pour in to a cake pan or fill cupcake liners 3/4 fulll.
- Bake cake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees or cupcakes for 18-20 minutes at 350, or until knife inserted in to the center comes out clean.
This fudge-y recipe is great with or without icing. I made a vanilla buttercream, but other times we eat it without icing.
I'm enjoying family cookouts now that I have 24 hour relief with the purple pill. What summer activities are you looking forward to?